How to Treat the “Shaming Aspect” of Dissociation

When a child or an adult uses dissociation or the freeze response by “checking out,” “going to the ceiling,” or disconnecting from their body during abuse or a life-threatening situation...

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Taking Care of Ourselves in the Context of Traumatic Events

Once again, we are faced with horrific national events: mass shootings that are impossible to comprehend or emotionally process and reconcile. For those of us who specialize in treating trauma,...

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Understanding the Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence and Coercive Control

Approximately 1 in 4 adult women and 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Assessing for Healthy Self-Care in Times of Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month and it’s a good time to revisit the need to assess for and encourage healthy self-care.  Given all the ongoing stressors in the world it’s...

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Addressing Negative Self-Talk

As a therapist, I am always interested in my clients’ inner monologues. We all have an inner voice, and its messages profoundly inform and impact self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. The way...

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The Power of Secure Attachment

Last week, Levi, my beautiful 18-month-old grandson had eye surgery. It was a great success, and he recovered incredibly well. I had the privilege of helping my son and daughter-in-law...

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Getting Through the Holiday Season

Mental health providers understand that the holiday season can be a time of struggle and emotional overwhelm for many people. For those who have lost loved ones, holidays can be...

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Practicing Acts of Kindness

November 13th is World Kindness Day.  Although I love the idea that kindness is being singled out and honored with its own special day, I know you would agree that every day needs to be “kindness day.” 

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How Our Understanding of Trauma Shapes Us

Dive into how prevalent trauma really is, and how it can manifest in the present where we least expect it. We also hear Lisa's advice on what to watch for when prior trauma may be bubbling below the surface, and how to better cope with our unique experiences.

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Acknowledging Simone Biles’ Courage

I’ve always had very ambivalent feelings about the Olympics. On the one hand, they represented extraordinary determination, commitment, and courage. It was astonishing and moving to see what human beings...

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